30 feared dead in Uganda boat accident

The cause of the accident is believed to be overloading, according to police

30 feared dead in Uganda boat accident

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirty people are feared dead after an overloaded fishing boat capsized in Lake Albert in southwestern Uganda on Christmas Day, police said on Monday.

Buliisa district Police Commander Rutagira John told Anadolu Agency via telephone that police and military marine teams were searching for 21 people still missing. “So far, we have only recovered nine bodies out of the 45 who were on board the boat,” John said.

He said the fishing boat was supposed to carry only 18 people instead of the 45. “Witnesses tell us majority of the group that was heading to watch a friendly football match at a neighboring landing site were already drunk including the boat operator.

“None of them was wearing any life jackets yet many sat on one side of the boat as they drummed, whistled and blew trumpets,” he added.

The accident comes just two days after another boat accident claimed six lives in Lake Victoria in Kalangala district in central Uganda.

Since 2000, over 250 people have lost their lives in Lake Albert alone with the worst accident occurring in February 2004, when 45 people died.

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